Round Paintings.....why are they suddenly popular?

Round Paintings.....why are they suddenly popular?

I’ve noticed a trend in more round paintings these days, the last group exhibition I went to had four different artists work on round canvas’s with each one being quite impressive in how they artist’s worked the shape of the canvas into the theme of the artwork.


It wasn’t that long ago that round canvases were hard to come by; needing specialist framing for the stretched canvases or heavy board was the other alternative.

Both Gordon Harris and Studio Art Supplies offer this format now and the options are more affordable than they used to be.


It used to be that the round types of canvas were used for paintings depicting portraits or still life and no not everything works with the round format, but you would be surprised what does. One of the works at the Waikato Painting and Printmaking Awards 2010 was of a scene based on something the artist saw in India, it had a surreal feel to it and stood out to me more so for the fact it had a strip of black and white road edging going through it at an angle that I feel wouldn’t have worked so well on a traditional rectangular canvas yet most artists including myself would not have even considered a round canvas as an option. I think Ill be looking more seriously at them from now on.


If you are going to stretch them yourself you need to make sure you do them properly, its not an easy task to get them perfect like it is with square or rectangle, but you still follow the same format as in stapling it at opposite sides and working backwards and forwards around the edges until all edges are taut. Check out u-tube for videos on how to if you’re not sure.

Posted: Monday 15 March 2010


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